What’s On My Book Stack : Summertime Reads

Summertime is the perfect time to relax and recharge and read a good book or two.  I’ve gathered a handful of books that I’m going to work my way through this summer.  A few beach-y books, two simple parenting books, and handful of resource books.  I find that a little learning, organizing, and relaxing is the perfect combination for a relaxing but still productive summer.

Here’s what’s on my book stack:

Beachy and Relaxing Books

Relax + Recharge

Parenting Books

I’ve already started reading these 2 books and am LOVING them – very inspirational.  I love simple living and strategies, especially with our kids.

Business/Productivity Books

What’s on your book stack this summer?  Do you read more in the summer?  I love the slower days and pace and find that reading is just the perfect way to fill in the spaces.

Looking for a great book to inspire some summertime cleaning and organizing or maybe a new cleaning routine? My newest book, SIMPLY CLEAN came out in March 2017 – it will definitely change the way you clean!

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What’s On My Book Stack : 12 Time-Saving Cookbooks

This month I’ve been talking about all things SIMPLY COZY and I can’t really do that without talking about some meal planning.  Having meals prepped and ready or in the slow cooker is probably my #1 trick to keeping things simple and easy.  Throw a delicious home-cooked meal on the table and that’s the definition of cozy.  Not to mention, it’s just plain really helpful during this busy time of the year.  Here are some of my tried and true favorites – I love cookbooks that offer some strategies and tips for keeping dinner easy.  Need a quick gift or a little inspiration for the meal times after the new year?  These are sure to help!

Dinner Made Easy with Six Sisters’ Stuff : Time Saving Recipes for Busy Moms – this cookbook has some great recipes that simplify cooking for weeknights

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook : Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking – I love the strategies and options for adjustments to meals.

The Make-Ahead Cook – Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen never lets me down – great ideas and ways to prep and make ahead meals

Dinner Solved!: 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You! – Fun dinnertime ideas that everyone loves

Upscale Downhome : Family Recipes All Gussied Up – Great ways to fancy-up traditional recipes while keeping things simple and tasty too!

Weeknights with Giada – I always love Giada’s take on meals – these are simple and delicious.

Quick Slow Cooking – this is a beautiful cookbook with lots of quick and easy crockpot or simmer on the stove recipes

Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime – one of my favorites – I use this cookbook a lot – I love the adaptations provided!

A New Way to Dinner – a fresh look at dinner – Food52 has some great ideas.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow : Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes – I absolutely LOVE this cookbook – it’s brand new and I’ve already cooked a handful of delicious recipes.

Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime:Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper – Great ideas and strategies – I especially love the 16 minute meals (they really are!)

The Best Make-Ahead Recipe – this cookbook is hard to find but it’s one of my absolute favorite cookbooks in the history of ever – it’s a staple in my meal planning!


Curious about some other books?  Check out this book stack post about my favorite homekeeping books.

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What’s on My Book Stack : 13 Homekeeping Books to Inspire Organization


Fall is the perfect time of year to do a little cleaning, decluttering, and getting ready for the ‘long winter’.  I find that I’m always a little more motivated once fall hits – maybe you are too?  The books I’m sharing today are ones some of my favorites and have a little something for everyone.  I’m breaking them down a bit so you can see if a book will fit your personality and needs.

Feel like getting cozy?  These 3 books have fun projects to boot, perfect for fall

Pretty Prudent Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home

The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures

The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping

If you clean and organize a little differently or feel like you’re not a ‘naturally’ organized person

Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed

What’s a Disorganized Person to Do?

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD : Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized

New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)

Simple Household Wisdom: 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home

If you feel uninspired or discontent with where you are and are struggling with starting the process

Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well  

Love the House You’re In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating

And my book – perfect for cleaning up after you’ve done some decluttering and organizing!

The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself–The Natural, Chemical-Free Way


Have a favorite to share?  Tell us about it in the comments!

Love homekeeping books?  My new book, SIMPLY CLEAN came out in March 2017 – it will definitely be a favorite homekeeping book!

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